Flutist Kaili Maimets is in demand as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, and soloist. She is currently Acting Second Flute and Piccolo of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada (NACO) for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, is tenured as the Second Flute & Piccolo of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 2016 and holds the Principal Flute position of London Symphonia since 2012. She has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Ballet of Canada.
As a soloist, Kaili performed the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C in November 2018 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. In April 2018 she was featured as soloist at the NACO Family Adventures concerts in Ottawa. In 2017 she toured Southern Ontario performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Toronto Concert Orchestra. As Principal Flute of Orchestra London (now London Symphonia) she performed Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.4 and Frank Martin Concerto for Seven Winds.
The past season chamber music highlights include recitals with harpist Angela Schwarzkopf with the Mississauga Chamber Society. On the Canadian tour celebrating Canada’s 150th with NACO, she performed Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major (November 2017) in Whitehorse. In January 2018, she performed Francaix Woodwind Quintet and Martinu Nonet at the National Art Gallery’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon and with renowned violinist and conductor.
Kaili is also passionate about performing new music.In addition to regularly collaborating with her brother, composer Riho Esko Maimets, she has performed with Continuum New Music Ensemble in Toronto.Kaili performed at the World New Music Festival in Vancouver in November 2017 as a part of the NACO WolfGANG Sessions.
Kaili's principal teachers have been Nora Shulman, Denis Bluteau and Camille Watts. She has a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from McGill University, Bachelor of Music from University of Toronto, and A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada from whom she received the Gold Medal for Woodwinds in 2007. Kaili is grateful for her orchestral and chamber training experiences with National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Banff Festival Orchestra, Scotia Festival of Music, and Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Kaili is passionate about teaching flutists of all ages and levels. Her students have been accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute Young Artist Summer Program, and many local youth ensembles. Her students have consistently been winners of the Kiwanis Music Festivals Provincially and at local levels in Toronto and London (Ontario). Her students have also been medal winners in the Royal Conservatory examinations, and finalists at the Canadian Music Competition.
Kaili was inspired to learn the flute after being taken to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Saturday morning cushion concerts. She then began her studies with Professor of Flute, Peg Albrecht, whose creativity and imagination inspired her to pursue music professionally.